january 29, 2018 - Renault

Carlos Sainz makes Rallye Monte-Carlo debut

Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Carlos Sainz made his World #Rally Championship debut in the final stage of the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo today.

The 23-year-old Spaniard followed in the wheel tracks of his double World Champion father, Carlos Sainz, when he got behind the wheel of a New #Renault Mégane R.S to tackle the last stage of the iconic #Rally. Carlos acted as the VIP course car to take on the 13.58km SS17 La Cabanette-Col de Braus stage that ran through the Alpes-Maritimes surrounding the Principality of Monaco.

The stage, which was the closing stage of the 2018 WRC-season opening #Rally, started at 1,400m above sea level and descended through a series of tight hairpin bends before climbing again over a high mountain pass and ending at the Col de Braus. The New #Renault Mégane R.S was equipped with studded, snow tyres that helped Carlos negotiate the icy, slippery conditions.

Renault has a long history of competition in Rallye Monte-Carlo. A privately-entered #Renault won the 1925 edition of the #Rally and a #Renault Nervasport took victory in the 1935 #event. Jean Ragnotti was victorious in the 1981 #Rally with the #Renault 5 Turbo, while 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1958 win with a Dauphine spéciale driven by Jacques Féret and Guy Monraisse.

Carlos Sainz Sr won Rallye Monte-Carlo three times, in 1991, 1995 and 1998 and the World #Rally Championship drivers’ title in 1990 and 1992.